If you’ve been noticing lately, you have probably noted that everyone around you has caught up to the whole DIY craze, courtesy of websites like Pinterest. If you have also recently discovered the wonders of DIY projects, you have probably noted that a number of projects require that you know basic needlework or sewing skills. Given how this is the essence of DIY projects, you went ahead and brought yourself a sewing machine, now what? It can be pretty daunting even if you have a beginner sewing machine with all its knobs and handles.
Regardless of whether you have bought a computerized or mechanized sewing machine, it’s important that you learn the basics first. After skimming through the manual, you can start out small with disposable cloth and try getting a straight stitch done. If it’s a mechanized sewing machine, do the first 2-3 stiches using the handle and then use the foot paddle to get off to a proper start.
Take your time getting to know what each knob does, they can allow you to pick which kind of stitch, the size of the stitch and loop etc. comes in which setting.
Different needles are required for different fabrics. Lighter fabrics require standard 60-8 or 70-9 size needles whereas thicker and more resilient fabrics like denim, jerseys etc. require thicker and bigger needles that range between size 100 or 110.
If you have a computerized sewing machine, even the beginner sewing machine models come with automatic buttonhole options, where you can pick a design/shape and then let the machine punch the buttonhole for you.
Each type of sewing machine requires maintenance; you can use a compressor to get rid of dust etc. Most mechanized sewing machines also require oiling; you can always consult your manual for more information regarding maintenance.